Two changes on Munster team to play Leinster 


MUNSTER show two changes to the side which beat Northampton Saints at the weekend for the visit of deadly rivals Leinster to Thomond Park in the URC on St Stephen’s Day (7.35pm kick-off).

Shane Daly and Dave Kilcoyne have been drafted into the starting selection. 

Daly starts at full-back with Calvin Nash and Keith Earls keeping their places on either flank.

Jack Crowley and Antoine Frisch continue their centre partnership with Conor Murray and Joey Carbery in the half-backs.

Kilcoyne makes his first appearance since October and joins Niall Scannell and John Ryan in the front row, with Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne in the engine room.

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Jack O’Donoghue, captain Peter O’Mahony and Gavin Coombes complete the side.

Josh Wycherley, Kiran McDonald and Acadmeny player Patrick Campbell join the replacements.

McDonald is set to make his URC debut and his first appearance since Munster’s win over South Africa A at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

On the injury front, Jeremy Loughman, Mike Haley and John Hodnett were unavailable for selection. Loughman misses out after picking up a knock in training while Haley and Hodnett didn’t come through training fully after the bruising encounter at Franklin’s Gardens.

The fixture has long been sold-out (25,600).

Munster: Shane Daly; Calvin Nash, Antoine Frisch, Jack Crowley, Keith Earls; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Jack O’Donoghue, Peter O’Mahony (captain), Gavin Coombes.

Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, Josh Wycherley, Roman Salanoa, Kiran McDonald, Alex Kendellen, Craig Casey, Rory Scannell, Patrick Campbell.